Another young Castleton College athlete is looking to make a lasting impression on the women’s cross-country team – and she’s doing it.
Freshman Elizabeth Bassette has been the top Spartan finisher in every race she’s competed and has earned NAC Rookie of the Week honors for two weeks straight.
Although she’s more than happy with these results, she said she is looking to keep improving her times.
After the Codfish Bowl on Saturday, Bassette placed 26th overall with a time of 20:25. She said she was feeling really good about the effort.
“It felt unreasonably easy, ” she said, adding that she didn’t want to start too fast like she did at Dartmouth.
“I just took it easy and got faster,” Bassette said.
Shelly Audette, who was the other top finisher for the Spartans, came in 66th place this weekend with a time of 22:41. She too has a very positive outlook going forward.
“I’m hoping to keep getting faster and I’m hoping I don’t peak too soon,” Audette said.
Overall, Audette said the team is looking very good and everyone is continuing to show improvement.
The women managed to notch an 11th place finish Saturday and Coach Melissa Crossman is psyched with their performance.
“We like traveling to Boston. It’s a great race course,” said Crossman. “The pressure was there to perform and I think we rose to the occasion and did well.”
They will snap back into action next weekend in Randolph Vt., at the Vermont State Meet. Start time will be right before the men’s team at 11 p.m.